Back at the end of November white cabanas popped up in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom and the official word was the private cabanas were only there temporarily as a “test” for private rental use. For $649 (plus the cost of your regular park admission) you would have your own little shaded sanctuary throughout the day. The cabanas were able to accommodate 8 people and included lockable storage, charging stations, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, soft drinks, and snacks. You were also able to add dining options delivered to the cabana for another additional fee.
Mid-way through the test period, Disney lowered the cost to $500 for the day stating it was a “seasonal” reduction. However, it has now been announced that the rental of the cabanas will be discontinued as of February 17, 2017. I guess even $500 was too much for most. I personally think they looked tacky. They reminded me of special event tents that are used for special parties or filming and just don’t fit in with the park on a regular basis.
Walt Disney World has been introducing a number of add-ons aimed at higher-end visitors recently. Those have included dessert parties, early race packet pickup, and preferred parking for its theme parks. It has opened early and closed late for visitors willing to pay extra money. There is even a really nice wedding package starting at $180,000! Unfortunately, I think some of these high priced add-ons may be starting to backfire on the company since – just my opinion – I think most of their visitors are everyday, hard working, middle class people who want to visit often so adding extra money onto the cost of their trips just isn’t realistic.
What are your thoughts?